Dental crowns are a common dental restoration that can help improve the appearance and function of your teeth. They are sometimes referred to as caps because they cover the entire tooth from the gum lineup.
So, what exactly are dental crowns? Well, think of them as protective shields for your teeth. Made from materials like porcelain or ceramic, they are custom-made to fit over your damaged or decayed tooth. Dental crowns can also be used to cover misshapen or discolored teeth, giving you a brighter and more even smile.
First things first, your dentist will start by examining your tooth to determine if a crown is necessary. They may take x-rays or impressions of your teeth to ensure they have an accurate picture of the situation. Once it's confirmed that a crown is needed, they will begin prepping your tooth. This typically involves removing any decay or damage from the tooth and reshaping it to create space for the crown. In some cases, this may require a root canal prior to placing the crown. Don't worry, though; your dentist will make sure you're comfortable throughout the entire process.
Next comes taking impressions of your prepared tooth. These impressions are used by a dental lab technician to create a custom-made crown that fits perfectly in your mouth. While waiting for the permanent crown to be created, you'll likely be fitted with a temporary one to protect your tooth. Once your permanent crown is ready, usually within two weeks, you'll return for another appointment, where it will be cemented into place. Your dentist will check for proper fit and bite alignment before permanently bonding it to your prepared tooth.
And just like that, you'll have a brand-new dental crown! It may take some time to get used to initially, but rest assured that with proper care and regular dental visits, this investment in restoring functionality and aesthetics can last many years.
When it comes to dental restorations, dental crowns offer a wide range of benefits. These custom-made caps are designed to cover and protect damaged teeth, providing both aesthetic and functional improvements.
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